The month of May is a busy one traditionally for heritage groups and societies as they plan ahead and programme their events for Heritage Week. National Heritage Week this year takes place from Saturday 18th August until Sunday 26th and will feature, it is envisaged, over 2,000 fun and family friendly events for everyone to enjoy throughout the country. Registration is currently open for events and organisers are invited to submit their details prior to May 31st to ensure inclusion in the Official Heritage Week Events Guide, thousands of which are published and distributed throughout the country. Registration will also ensure inclusion in the County Cork Heritage Week 2018 Events Guide.
National Heritage Week, which is coordinated by the Heritage Council, aims to build heritage awareness and education while shining a spotlight on the great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. In 2018, Heritage Week will be a highlight of Ireland’s celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. This initiative by the European Commission aims to involve all citizens in events that help to promote a sense of belonging to a common European space. The theme for the Year in Ireland is ‘Make a Connection’ which aims to deepen the connection between people and heritage, and build a legacy of increased public engagement. Heritage Week is exploring this theme through ‘Sharing Stories’ - a chance to share heritage stories in new ways, with new people; to highlight heritage links in communities across Ireland and encourage connection with other European countries through a shared interest in exploring heritage.
Details of all proposed events can be registered online at www.heritageweek.ie. The website also includes a wonderful list of event ideas, ranging from workshops and talks to field trips and crafts - available here - https://www.heritageweek.ie/